By Anonymous - 15/04/2016 20:18 - United States
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As a chemist, I'm not quite sure what you were expecting. Knowing the hazards of your chemicals is part of your job. I work with lethal substances, high/low pH solutions, carcinogens, etc. and we are trained for proper measures in the case of exposure for each chemical. Also, I highly doubt you would have been allowed to return home without being monitored by medical services.
#24: I hate to be a realist, but sometimes you don't have a chance to be reminded physically. One of my chemicals will kill me with a skin exposure the size of a quarter. We actually had a near miss last week (dude is extremely lucky to be alive), and a death in the industry last year from this particular material. I use it often. Another of my chemicals is so corrosive that it'll eat my skin to my bones. Another will give me cancer. Chemistry isn't a game, and many people underestimate the danger.
I'm sure they really were aware. It's a figure of speech. "I found out how sharp kitten claws are when they lacerated my cornea" doesn't mean someone didn't know previously that they were sharp, or wasn't being careful. It means that they now have first hand knowledge. Because accidents do happen, even in labs with dangerous materials.
You mean aside from "chemistry, the board game," chemistry is not a game. The board game is fun. Especially when we squirt each other with H2SO4. Or guess which hat has mercury in it by feeling around. I always loved playing that game. Now i haunt the fml site. Because im a ghost. I cant seem to remember how that happened though....
Why didn't you just wear the lab coat normally?
Safety is important.